During the month of November, I had the pleasure of helping facilitate a United States Institute of Peace online course on conflict analysis. Throughout the month the main instructors in the course, Jeff Helsing and Matt Levinger, gave learners a look into some of the basic principles of conducting a conflict analysis and the various frameworks that aid individuals and organizations in doing this work. We interviewed several amazing peacebuilders on the Peace Frequency podcast and heard them share how their experiences in the field have shaped their understanding of conducting an effective conflict analysis.
Peace Frequency w/ Guest, Candace Karp. In this episode we hear about some of the lessons Candace learned working for the United Nations in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine.
Peace Frequency w/ Guest, Sharon Morris. In this episode we learn about Sharon’s work with youth and the difficulties that come with conflict analysis in that it can open up festering wounds of a community harmed by violence.
Peace Frequency w/ Guest, Lisa Schirch. In this episode we dive into the origins of the peacebuilding field, the various definitions of the practice, and the diversity of conflict assessment frameworks utilized by various organizations.
Peace Frequency w/ Guest, Matt Levinger. In this episode we look at USIP’s conflict assessment framework and some of the guiding principles behind conducting an effective and sensitive conflict analysis.
Posted in Education/Training, podcast
Tagged afghanistan, candace karp, conflict, conflict analysis, darfur, lisa schirch, matt levinger, Palestine, peacebuilding, sharon morris, united nations, united states institute of peace, usip, youth
This week my friend and fellow peace and nonviolence educator, Joshua Cooper, had an article we wrote together posted on the USIP website. The article describes how Joshua integrated the use of USIP’s online, self-paced course, Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict (which I helped design), into his work with indigenous Cambodian activists living along the border of Cambodia and Vietnam AND with students in his intro political science class at the University of Hawaii.
Over the past eight months, USIP’s Academy has launched 8 self-paced, online courses, registering more than 3,000 people in more than 134 countries. The work, however, is not solely a numbers game. Peacebuilders, activists and educators working in conflict zones must be able to take the knowledge, skills and perspectives that USIP offers online and adapt them for their own specific needs in the field. A case of young Khmer activists in Vietnam and Cambodia and another involving students in Hawaii interested in peacemaking illustrate the need.
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Posted in Education/Training, Writing/Blogging
Tagged cambodia, civil resistance, hawaii, human rights, joshua cooper, nonviolence, online education, online learning, political science, united nations, vietnam